Crest Scholarship

The Crest scholarship will be awarded to three incoming graduate school students of an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic descent, who plan to pursue a DPT degree either part- or full-time.

 Award Description

Rizing Tide will annually award the Crest scholarship to three students who are pursuing a physical therapy degree—and who come from an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic background. Applicants must be either undergraduate students who are going on to attend graduate school or PTAs entering a bridge PT program. Each scholarship awards up to $14,000—and may be renewed twice. Funds may be used to cover any school expenses (e.g., tuition, room and board, books, or fees) and will be paid directly to the school’s financial institution.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student entering a graduate program OR be a student entering a PTA to DPT Bridge Program;
  • Have an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic heritage (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander and/or multi-ethnic with 50% representation from above list);
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree;
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA in your undergraduate studies/PTA program; and
  • Have been accepted into a CAPTE-accredited PT program within the US.

Application Process

All applications must include transcripts showing a final cumulative GPA in addition to an acceptance letter from the CAPTE-accredited school that the applicant will attend.

           2021 submission window is now closed. The next scholarship application process opens June 2022

Deadline Adherence

Completed applications for the Crest scholarship must be submitted online no later than 11:59PM on the specified deadline. Technical support will be available ONLY on Monday through Fridays, from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Eastern Time. We encourage you to submit your application prior to the deadline to avoid any technical problems. Please be advised that 'technical problems' will not be accepted as a valid excuse for missing the deadline.

You can submit your application before your transcripts and references are received. Please note, however, that we will not review your application until all of your transcripts and references are received.

Applicants or their recommenders may also mail a hard copy of each letter of recommendation to Rizing Tide. These hard copies must be received no later than the specified deadline. We suggest giving your recommenders as much time as possible to complete and postmark their letters.

Mailing address:

                Rizing Tide Foundation
                PO Box 32681
                Phoenix, AZ 85064

Upon submission, applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging that the application was submitted. However, if you submitted your application late, it will not be reviewed by the Beachcombers. The application status will remain "In-Progress" until all required documents are received, at which time an email will be sent to confirm the application is "Complete."

The Beachcombers selection committee will conduct interviews with finalists with a few weeks following the deadline. These interviews will be scheduled via Zoom between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM (in the time zone of the applicant).

The winners of the Crest scholarship will be notified by no later than 60 days after the original submission deadline.

Scholarship Renewal

Crest scholarship recipients may renew their scholarship twice. To renew the Crest scholarship, recipients must send  Rizing Tide a transcript showing that they maintained a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA during the school year. Additionally, scholarship recipients must ask their instructors to submit a feedback survey on their behalf at midterms and following the completion of the school year. Furthermore, in order to assist our continued evaluation of the scholarship program, we may request an update regarding recipients’ activities or accomplishments during the school year.   

The Rizing Tide Foundation reserves the right to refuse a Crest scholarship renewal if this criteria is not met or if the recipients' circumstances change. Individual situations and circumstances will be taken into consideration and final decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.